MEN AND MACHINES ARE MIXING it up with ever increasing frequency. Indeed, from ATMs to artificial hearts, we live among strange mechanical beings that add a compelling new dimension to that time-honored trinity of body, mind, and spirit.

Surprisingly, rather than mimicking the slick effects of Silicon Valley or Walt Disney World, much of the strongest art involving robotics and cybernetics takes the low-tech road. While a handful of artists explore the outer fringes of advanced technology (Lynn Hershman, for example, is currently collaborating with Sara Roberts in the development of a state-of-the-art interactive “vamp” robot that will respond alluringly to a viewer’s advances, and Lewis Allen has created, with Warhol’s initial participation, a creepily realistic, robotic version of the deceased artist), such high-tech presentations are relatively rare. This may be in part due to the expense

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